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Fundamental Concepts of Dependability

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Brian RandellORCiD



Dependability is the system property that integrates such attributes as reliability,availability, safety, security, survivability, maintainability. The aim of the presentation is to summarize the fundamental concepts of dependability. After a historical perspective, definitions of dependability are given. A structured view of dependability follows, according to a) the threats, i.e., faults, errors and failures, b) the attributes, and c) the means for dependability, that are fault prevention, fault tolerance, fault removal and fault forecasting.

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Author(s): Avizienis A, Laprie J-C, Randell B

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Department of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2001

Pages: 21

Report Number: 739

Institution: Department of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne